Swavesey Village College

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There I was in front of 250 amazing students at Swavesey Village College

It all started so quietly. Down on the stage. Me alone with my books, a cup of coffee and a glass of water brought by the wonderful Emma Davies – Resource Centre Administrator, gatekeeper to the books and ardent promoter of reading.

Then an in-depth introduction from my fellow Anglia Ruskin alumnae – Andrew Reynolds – He really had researched my background (and no the police didn’t appear).

Then we were off. Screams, groans, thunder and Lightning as we chased the cat towards the dark mysterious house where all would be well – except for the Zombies in the front row who murderously appeared as if by magic.

I was so impressed by the absolute engagement and enthusiasm from the students. Immediately they volunteered, came up with ideas and persistent questions. This was a truly remarkable group in a truly remarkable school – I was so thankful for the experience – and they bought my books!

And throughout the session they made not of the books they were reading. Some probably reflect my incorrect reading. But it’s still quite a list:

The Reading List of Year 7 at Swavesey Village College


The Toilet of Doom,        Michael Lawrence

Girl Online,                        Zoe Sugg

The Twits,                          Roald Dahl

Percy Jackson stories,     Rick Riordan

Hunger Games,                 Suzanne Collins

Anne Frank,                       Anne Frank

Top Gear,                           various

Motocross,                        various

The Recruit,                       Robert Muchamore

Tracy Beaker,                    Jacqueline Wilson

Katy,                                    Jacqueline Wilson

Best Friends,                      Jacqueline Wilson

Harry Potter,                     JK Rowling

Horrible Histories,            Terry Deary

Me Before You,                Jojo Moyes

Divergent,                          Veronica Roth

Nightmare on Elm Street,             Various

In the Night Garden,        Andrew Davenport

Mr Men,                             Roger Hargreaves

Peppa Pig,                          Ladybird

Bob the Builder,                              Various

Calvin and Hobbes,          Bill Watterson

Jelly Baby,                          Jean Ure

My Little Pony,                 GM Barrow

Star Girl,                             Jerry Spinelli

Diary of a Wimpy Kid,     Jeff Kinney

How to Get a Girlfriend, Kell Zorvent

The boy who lost his face,            Louis Sachar

The Wee Free Men,         Terry Pratchett

Romeo and Juliet,            Shakespeare

Peter Pan,                          JM Barrie

Idek,                                    Error 424

The Little Caterpillar,      Judith Steinbacher

The Gruffalo,                     Julia Donaldson

Shadow Hunters,              Cassandra Clare and Sarah Rees Brennan

Cold Spell,                          Jackson Pearce

Paper Towns,                    John Green

Alex Rider,                         Anthony Horowitz

Northern Lights,                              Philip Pullman

Tom Gates,                        Liz Pichon

Curious Incident of the dog in the nightime,         Mark Haddon

The Last of the Spirits,    Chris Priestley

Running Wild,                   Michael Morpurgo

Agent 21,                           Chris Ryan

Barry Loser,                       Jim Smith

Grandpa’s Great Escape,                             David Walliams

Skulduggery Pleasant,     Derek Landy

Eight Days of Luke,          Diana Wynne Jones


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